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To celebrate Vikings Live, we have replaced our Roman alphabet with the runic alphabet used by the Vikings, the Scandinavian ‘Younger Futhark’. The ‘Younger Futhark’ has only 16 letters, so we have used some of the runic letters more than once or combined two runes for one Roman letter.

For an excellent introduction to runes, we recommend Martin Findell’s book published by British Museum Press.

More information about how we have ‘runified’ this site


Nguyen Tho (born 1945)

Nguyen Tho, a crayon drawing

© 2002 Nguyen Tho

Map of Vietnam

Map of Vietnam

Height: 275.000 mm
Width: 390.000 mm

Asia OA 1999.6-30.018

Workers preparing printing machines for press were supplied with arms such as rifles or carbines. Many of the war artists published their work in illustrated newspapers and magazines published in the Quoc ngu script.

This crayon drawing is inscribed with the place name Thanh Hoa.

Nguyen Tho was at the Middle School of the Fine Arts College, Hanoi before joining the army at the age of twenty. He was still able to continue his studies for three to four months a year during the war, although the college was relocated outisde Hanoi. Nguyen Tho's art was intended to be inspirational for both civilians and the military and his daily involvement in the front line enabled him to record events closely and in great detail.